The 5G begins to arrive in 2019 and Qualcomm has announced new equipment that promises to make the next generation of mobile connections real. During the 5G Day, the company introduced the Snapdragon X24 modem, which promises to offer internet up to 2 Gbps of speed and better power consumption. In addition, the company also presented solutions aimed at corporate customers who wish to adopt the company’s chips.
Expected to be demonstrated at MWC 2018, the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is one of Qualcomm’s flagship bets on the transition to the fifth generation of networks. The new modem features the world’s first 7-nanometer, low-power, space-saving chip, aligned with a 14-nm radio frequency chip, which also promises better energy efficiency.
In addition to building improvements, Qualcomm’s new modem also promises to achieve speeds of up to 2 Gbps, which should be sufficient for high-complexity applications such as remote virtual reality rendering. To reach this mark, the company can add up to seven carrier spectra, outperforming the X20 chip and its old five-track aggregation record.
5G for companies
While many people link the next mobile network to use in phones, Qualcomm said that the market estimate for the automotive, IoT and mobile computing sector is $ 66 billion. To try to take a significant portion of this amount, the company has announced “Qualcomm Wireless Edge Solutions,” a suite of solutions involving the company’s Snapdragon modems and chips to serve corporations.
According to the company, the goal of the program is to facilitate the design and construction of equipment with 5G support, with guarantee of software, security and manufacturing support. In addition, the company is committed to supporting the main Internet platforms of Things, such as Android Things, AWS IoT, Thingspace, among others.
Still on the “Qualcomm Wireless Edge Solutions”, the manufacturer said that the platform will offer the confidence and security for the construction of devices and the insertion of them into a network. In addition, the company will have strong integration with third-party services, especially cloud storage. Finally, Qualcomm announced the launch of the development kit for its MDM9206 modem, which is aimed at Internet Products of Things (IoT).
Applications for different purposes
The quest for so much technical power is no less: Qualcomm has unveiled ambitious plans for 5G applications. The new network should allow more adoption of Internet equipment of Things both domestic and industrial environments, which may even create a private and safer connection from 5G. The new technology should also offer a more stable connection in places with large crowding or high demand for simultaneous connections.
Qualcomm also sees 5G as a key step in making autonomous cars with V2X (vehicle-for-anything) communication and smart cities a reality. Finally, at the most personal level, the user must also experience immediate access to the cloud, which would reduce the demand for local storage; streaming content in Ultra HD (4K) and even virtual reality processing with higher quality graphics.
The creation of 5G networks should also take place in different layers. The first is what the company calls LTE Omnipresent, which must have long reach to the most remote areas and combine technologies such as Gigabit LTE, with speeds above 1 Gbps. The intermediate layer is composed of 5G below 6 GHz, which will be the fifth generation standard adopted initially, also above 1 Gbps and that must meet well autonomous vehicles and areas with large agglomeration, such as stadiums.
Finally, milimeter waves 5G should appear. Despite the low reach, these new networks will offer very low latency with almost immediate response time between terminals and servers or cloud, for example. The expectation is that this technology will reach first the large urban centers and central areas of the city.